Get lost in halls of wondrous fishes and exotic marine mammals with a trip to the nation’s top aquariums. Millions of visitors flock to America’s best aquariums each year to be swept under the tides of various salt and freshwater scenes with the most unique and intriguing marine life found in the world. Some of the top aquariums in the US display an assortment of species that live anywhere from the cold rushing river waters to the flourishing coral reefs found along tropical shores. Check out the best aquariums in the US to see what lives beneath the surfaces of the world’s lakes, streams and seas.
1. Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta, GA
The Georgia Aquarium is the largest aquarium in the world with 550,000 square feet of exhibits, including over 100,000 animals. The Georgia Aquarium is home to the only whale sharks outside of Asia. One of the newest exhibits is the $110 million dolphin exhibit that features the theatrical “Dolphin Tales” show. Also see belugas, sea otters, African penguins, and a variety of manta rays. Much of the Georgia Aquarium is meant to add to the educational experience with various programs in the ‘Learning Loop’. The aquarium also offers trainer and animal performances, as well as productions about underwater life in the iconic 4-D Theater. General admission is $39.95 for adults, $31.95 for seniors and $29.95 for children.